Mexican Illegal Alien Charged With Murdering Wife: ‘Nearly Decapitated Her’ In Front Of Children
Baltazar Perez-Estrada
DuPage County State’s Attorney

Prosecutors in Illinois announced on Thursday that they have charged a Mexican illegal alien who just entered the U.S. for allegedly murdering his wife in front of their two children.

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Carol Stream Chief of Police Don Cummings announced the charges today against 33-year-old Baltazar Perez-Estrada, whom they say murdered his wife, 26-year-old Maricela Simon Franco, on Sunday night following a domestic altercation at her apartment.

“On April 1, 2024, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Perez-Estrada entered the Carol Stream Police Department and informed authorities that he had allegedly stabbed his wife,” prosecutors said in a statement. “Officers took Perez-Estrada into custody at this time and immediately opened an investigation. Through the course of their investigation, authorities learned that Perez-Estrada and Franco were at the apartment together and got into a verbal altercation at approximately 10 p.m., the previous evening.”

“It is alleged that the argument turned physical resulting in Perez-Estrada stabbing Franco dozens of times about her head, neck, body and hands, nearly decapitating her head,” the statement continued. “She was pronounced deceased at the scene. Authorities also learned that Perez-Estada had been residing in Mexico and illegally arrived in the United States approximately two weeks ago.”

The statement said that Perez-Estrada was charged with five counts of First Degree Murder and was charged for illegally being in the U.S. He is scheduled to be arraigned in court on April 25.


Berlin said that the murder “will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law” in his county.

“Not only has this senseless and brutal act removed Maricela from their lives, but it has robbed two young children of their mother,” Cummings said. “As domestic violence continues to victimize so many, law enforcement within DuPage County stands ready to partner with available social service programs to provide a sustainable resolution to those in need.”

Related: Mexican Illegal Alien Arrested For Aggravated Murder In Ohio; Was Previously Deported 7 Times

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